In a major breakthrough in the Jammu and Kashmir terror-funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reportedly got one of the accused in the case to confess against the Hurriyat top leaders. The confessional statement of the accused has been recorded before the magistrate.
The development gains significance as top Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik plan a sit-in at the NIA headquarters on September 9 and court arrest against the crackdown on them in the name of terror-funding case .
Sources say that the Hurriyat ‘insider -turned-approver’ in his statement revealed the alleged role of Hurriyat leaders in drawing money from Pakistan to fund disruptive activities in J&K. The Pakistani funding sources like ISI send money to Kashmiris having interest in doing business in the Gulf. The money reach Hurriyat via hawala route or through bank accounts of Kashmiri businessmen.
The Hurriyat leaders would pass the money to the militants in J&K via trusted channels, the accused reportedly informed. He also alleged that all the money pumped in by the sources from Pakistan may not reach the militants.
A good part of it would dissipate midway in this trickle-down process, making the Hurriyat middlemen rich. The separatist leaders divert this money into property business. In this way, the Hurriyat leaders have amassed huge wealth over the years, according to NIA sources.
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